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PneumoPlanet - Study of an Inflatable Moon Habitat

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 11:39
Start Date: 
2021
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2022
Programme Reference: 
S 2020-06-b
Country: 
Austria
Contractor: 
Pneumocell
Status: 
Closed
Description: 

The goal of this study was to develop a design for a lunar habitat in the close vicinity of one of the lunar poles and to demonstrate the feasibility of the suggested design in view of the available resources. The habitat should operate self-sufficiently in the long term by producing and recycling its own oxygen and food inside large greenhouses and almost exclusively by using solar irradiation power. The proposed  concept features a combination of:

  1. Prefabricated ultra-light inflatable structures.
  2. Covering the inflated structure with a 4 -5 meters thick layer of local loose regolith for efficient protection from extreme temperature, meteorites and cosmic radiation.
  3. The use of mirrors that move towards the sun and bring visible sunlight into the greenhouses.
Application Domain: 
Exploration
Technology Domain: 
22 - Environmental Control & Life Support (ECLS) and In Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU)
14 - Life & Physical Sciences
20 - Structures
Competence Domain: 
2-Structures, Mechanisms, Materials, Thermal
6-Life & Physical Science Payloads, Life Support, Robotics & Automation
Keywords: 
Moon base
moon village
inflatable structure
lunar habitat
inflatable
lunar caves
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